Having systems in place to help us do our work effectively allows us to focus time on the important things - youth! Below are links to key systems that we have in place in NYS. Do not hesitate to ask if you have questions.
The four H's (head, heart, hands, and health) represent four basic human needs: independence, belonging, generosity, and mastery. Research shows that youth whose basic needs are met in positive ways are likely to grow into active citizens and contributing members of their families and communities.
4-H helps children fulfill these needs. By combining project activities with opportunities to go to camp, publicly show their work, travel, host international youth, and attend meetings and events at Cornell University, 4-H provides a framework on which young people can build self-confidence, responsibility, and generosity.
Curriculum. Subject matter skills taught in projects are the foundation for the youth development that occurs in 4-H. Learning to prepare meals, give a presentation, repair machinery, ride a horse, and care for others are just a few of the skills taught in 4-H that can be of economic, social, and/or personal value to youth in their future.
Materials for project work come from Cornell and other land grant universities. Projects combine research-based information with youth development practices. Need a resource? Visit the on-line 4-H Resource Directory.